Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Seasonal Flavors of Dunkin' Donuts at Grocery WINNER Announced

The Dunkin' Donuts Coffee at Grocery Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who left comments. I used to select the winner...drum roll please...

Congrats to Amy Beth Marantino! 

Contact me at homewithmandy @ gmail dot com with your mailing address and Dunkin' Donuts at Grocery will ship you one full size bag of Strawberry Shortcake and one full size bag of Toasted Almond, plus two cute Dunkin’ Donuts mugs.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Seasonal Flavors of Dunkin' Donuts at Grocery + a Giveaway!

Coffee! The smell alone of it brewing early in the morning is enough to entice me out of my cozy bed. Jim is a simple man that knows what he likes, and he likes his coffee plain and black. He pours a cup and then is out the door. I take my time with my morning joe. I'm a "dessert first" kind of gal and like to sweeten my coffee with cream and sugar, maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon or a flavored syrup.

When I was asked to review two new flavors of Dunkin' Donuts at Grocery coffee, I jumped at the chance...especially after I found out what their Spring Seasonal Flavors are!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Chicken Diablo

I just love my food blog buddies because just when I think I'm all out of ideas for dinner, I am inspired all over again with their talents. I first spotted this delicious Chicken Diablo on Pinterest from Leslie Green who is The Hungry Housewife. She has an entire board just on Chicken! She pinned this recipe from Maggie of A Bitchin' Kitchen who adapted the recipe from Bev Cooks who found the recipe on Recipe Finder.

All that to prove to you, this recipe is GOOD! It's been passed all around the internet and wound up on pinterest because it's easy to make and is full of flavor.

The ingredient list is simple. The most important ingredient is Frank's Hot Sauce...I mean, who doesn't love Frank's Hot Sauce? It's key in my Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings recipe.

Also gather ketchup, honey, sour cream, ground cumin and sweet paprika.

Start with one cup of sour cream.

Add 1/2 cup of ketchup.

Add 1/4 cup honey.

Add a teaspoon each of sweet paprika and ground cumin.

Add 1/2 cup Frank's Hot Sauce.

Mix everything together and you have your Diablo Sauce! As you can see, this makes nearly two cups of sauce which would be enough for eight portions. Just cut down the measurements to suite your family. With the remaining sauce, I will probably make chicken wings - or more Chicken Diablo later this week.

Put your boneless skinless chicken in a zip top bag and add enough of the Diablo Sauce to coat the chicken.

I put the bag in a bowl (just in case the bag leaks) and into the fridge to marinade for 1-2 hours.

When you are ready to saute the chicken, chop up two garlic cloves.

Heat 2 Tablespoons of Canola Oil over medium heat,  and once the oil shimmers, add the chopped garlic for 30 seconds. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon so it doesn't burn up, we just use this to flavor the oil before we add the chicken. Remove chicken from marinade, and place in the skillet (discard extra marinade.) Cook until browned and cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, heat the remaining sauce in a small saucepan on low, until warmed.

I served the chicken with quinoa, but the other bloggers served with white rice. Jim's eyes got so big after his first bite. I waited in anticipation for him to speak. He looooved this recipe and told me it was blog worthy!

I know it doesn't look like much, it certainly took me no time at all to whip up, but the spicy and tangy sauce gives boring chicken an exciting face lift. If making this for kiddos I would suggest altering the amount of Frank's Hot Sauce that you use. I didn't find 1/2 cup too hot. It wasn't so spicy that we were constantly drinking water to put out the flame.

This is one to add to your Pinterest board! Why? Because the next time you need to come up with dinner in a flash, you want to be reminded of this easy and flavorful chicken dish.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day Wreath

Happy 4th of July! I whipped up this front door wreath last week and wanted to share with you how easy and inexpensive it was to make.

The wreath form was purchased at Hobby Lobby for $5. I have a better tip for you though!! Because I had enough decor items left over for a second wreath, I turned a pool noodle into a wreath form. I saw the idea on Pinterest, man I love that web site. The pool noodle from Walmart was only $1.50. I trimmed about five inches off one side with scissors and then taped the two ends together. I may do this for all my wreaths since it worked so well.

I wrapped the wreath with this spool of inexpensive sparkly ribbon from the Christmas section. Yes, Hobby Lobby already has a Christmas section!

I secured both ends with hot glue. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Here are my supplies: a spool of patriotic ribbon, blue ribbon, red flowers and white flowers, patriotic pinwheels and patriotic sparklers.
I started by wrapping the wreath with my patriotic ribbon that I found on sale for $2.00.